Parents, teachers, administrators, school bus drivers, our VIA and PTO volunteers, and SOSL and other support staff are just some of the groups that play a vital role in the success of our nearly 4,300 Conestoga Valley students. In January, we recognize another group of nine individuals who spend dozens of hours each month voluntarily leading our schools.
Reflecting on my last winter holiday season as Superintendent of Conestoga Valley School District, I am getting a bit nostalgic. After 19 years in this role, the times I have enjoyed “Holiday Hoedown” by the beginner strings students are probably too numerous to count. My final holiday concert at CV ended with a powerful indoor performance by our HS marching band, showcasing their new uniforms, at the MS last Sunday.
The Conestoga Valley Virtual Academy provides students living within the Conestoga Valley School District flexible scheduling options, rigorous curriculum and the opportunity to earn our diploma in a non-traditional way. Recently, the academy’s elementary students took their first-ever field trip to see a holiday show in Lancaster and bounce around at CV Corporate Sponsor Sky Zone. I invited our Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Donovan Mann, to talk a little more about CVVA and its unique opportunities for students.
As I approach my last official Thanksgiving as Superintendent of Conestoga Valley School District, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the many things for which we can be thankful as a school community. We have the privilege of living and working in an outstanding school district that has been built on the several critical foundations included in our mission statement, such as a well-rounded educational program and an appreciation for life-long learning.
Every year, the school board hosts two annual community forums. The fall forum’s topic changes each year, while the spring forum focuses on the next school year’s budget. This year’s fall forum will be held on Monday, Nov. 21 and will look at CV’s search for a new superintendent. Today, I invited school board president Mr. Merle Esh to share the board’s goals for this upcoming event.
Recently, our sixth grade students at Smoketown Elementary got the chance to visit BizTown, a simulated city where students learn hands-on about the free enterprise system. BizTown is a new program to CV, and all of our elementary schools will get the chance to visit this unique town during the school year.